In the latter years of World War I, renowned Australian writer Miles Franklin travels to the Macedonian Front, joining as a nurse at the Scottish Women’s Hospital near Mt. Kajmakcalan. Soldiers from many nations surge across a Macedonia that has been partitioned, absorbed by its neighbours. Its people struggle to survive in the face of staggering losses and being forcibly conscripted into foreign armies fighting on their soil.
Amidst it all, Miles captures the names and hopes of the oppressed, recording their travails, their quiet triumphs, and the turmoil of a nation affected by events beyond its control.
This fictionalised account of a short period from Miles Franklin’s life is based on her own writing and contemporaneous documents, supported by extensive additions from local history and culture.
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About the Author
Paul Filev is a literary translator living in Melbourne, Australia. He is the recipient of a Dalkey Archive Press Fellowship, translating from Macedonian and Spanish. His translations include Alma Mahler by Sasho Dimoski (Dalkey Archive Press, 2018), Blue Label by Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles (Turtle Point Press, 2018), the anthology Contemporary Macedonian Fiction (Dalkey Archive Press, 2019), and the short-story collection My Husband by Rumena Buzarovska (Dalkey Archive Press, 2019).
Aleksandar Stankoski was born in Kicevo, Macedonia in 1959, graduating the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje. A multimedia artist interested in painting, comics, performance, video art and film, he is also a published author.
His works are featured in public collections including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje; National Gallery of Macedonia, Skopje; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sammlung Essl, Vienna; Albertina Museum, Vienna; Frissiras Museum, Аthens; Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, California; Luciano Benetton Collection, Тreviso; Schultke Gallery, Cologne; Centar Andrè Malraux, Sarajevo; Shashoua Collection, London.